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Injury To Liverpool Left-Back Should Force Jurgen Klopp Into Rethinking Transfer Plans

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Injury To Liverpool Left-Back Should Force Jurgen Klopp Into Rethinking Transfer Plans

Liverpool suffered a heavy blow last night after a horror challenge on their youth left-back, Yasser Larouci saw him get stretchered off the field in the 76th minute of 1-2 loss to Sevilla.

The Reds Academy graduate was playing in only his second pre-season game in what looked like an attempt to fill Andy Robertson’s backup position.

Liverpool recently got rid of Alberto Moreno and now have no established stars to take up the Spaniard’s spot. That leaves Robertson as Jurgen Klopp’s only traditional choice for the left-back position.

Reports have linked the Anfield side to Real Betis’ Junior Firpo but the 22-year-old could very well be off to Barcelona this summer. Klopp has almost been coy about Liverpool’s transfer plans despite winning the Champions League and earning millions in revenue.

The German boss has decided to be more passive this transfer window even claiming that no big signings will be made. A very confusing ordeal for the newly crowned European champions since this could be their golden opportunity to take the leap over local rivals, Manchester City.

Larouci was exceptional in the first game against Dortmund, managing to keep Jadon Sancho under wraps for most the match. Klopp praised the teenager and even called him “an exceptional talent”.

For some, this seemed like a well thought out plan as the former Dortmund boss was key in introducing the world to Trent Alexander-Arnold. There is no telling if he can’t do the same with Larouci but for now, he might have to come up with a plan ‘C’.

Robertson will definitely need help in managing the workload of four different major tournaments in a single season. Since Junior Firpo has slipped out of their hands, it is high time Liverpool starts digging out new targets. The transfer window is open for just over a week and a new player needs to be brought in as cover for the Scotsman.

See Also: Liverpool FC top goal scorers of all-time

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Jadon Sancho backs Liverpool teenager to do well in ‘breakthrough season’

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One of the rising stars of world football, Jadon Sancho believes that the upcoming season could be Rhian Brewster’s breakthrough season.

After a long-term injury ruled him out for most of 2018/19 season, Brewster found a place in Jurgen Klopp’s squad for the iconic clash against Barcelona at Anfield although he was an unused substitute. He was also an unused substitute when Liverpool won their 6th Champions League title in Madrid.

Brewster gained prominence through his performances in the FIFA U17 World Cup in India where he was the top scorer with 8 goals and also provided an assist as England won their maiden U17 World Cup.

In addition to the Golden Boot, Brewster also won the Bronze Ball for being the third best player throughout the competition.

Brewster is tipped to be a future star and his U17 teammate Jadon Sancho feels the same after Brewster’s excellent pre-season performances so far.

Sancho said: “I feel like he can do it. I have played with him. I know how good he is. He causes defenders nightmares. He is a great player. I feel like he is at the right club, he is developing and he is still so young. He is developing and that is the main thing. Just give him the time and patience and you will see. I played with him a lot for England and he scored a lot of goals for us and I have assisted him. It’s a good thing for us to have someone like him.”

Brewster has done brilliantly for Liverpool in their pre-season matches so far. He has scored 4 goals in Liverpool’s three pre-season matches so far. There’s no doubt that Brewster will feature in many of Liverpool’s pre-season fixtures.Provided he keeps on doing well, who knows maybe the 19-year old could get some playing time at the Community Shield against Manchester City which is just a couple of weeks away from now. Given that Sadio Mane could miss the Community Shield following a hectic AFCON campaign, there’s every possibility that Jurgen Klopp could use Brewster during the Community Shield.

Also Read: “I would have scored one of Brewster’s goals”- Klopp not jumping the gun on young striker

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Liverpool keen to beat Barcelona to sign €20 million left-back

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Liverpool are reportedly in talks with the representatives of Augsburg left-back Philipp Max with Barca also interested in signing him.

According to Sport, Liverpool are having talks with Max’s representatives. Following the departure of Alberto Moreno, Liverpool are out of left-backs with only 33-year old James Milner being an option.

However, Jurgen Klopp wants a backup for Andrew Robertson and Liverpool feel Max (who previously played in the youth teams of Bayern Munich and Schalke) is a suitable option. Max who was a part of the German team that won the silver medal in the Rio Olympics, has made 125 appearances for Augsburg since joining the club from Karlsruher in 2015 on a transfer fee of €3.6 million. He has scored 7 goals and has provided 23 assists.

Last season, Max scored 4 goals and provided 7 assists for Augsburg in 34 appearances across all competitions as the Fuggerstadter finished 15th in the Bundesliga.

According to the report from Sport, Liverpool and Augsburg have reached an agreement of €20 million which is more than twice of what Liverpool paid Hull City to land Andrew Robertson.

However, Liverpool aren’t the only team interested in signing Max as Barca are also keen on signing the 25-year old left-back.

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Lovren raring to go again

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Lovren raring to go again
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Dejan Lovren has said that Liverpool are ready to handle the pressure again after the tenacious last season.

“With the time we’ve been playing together already and being used to this pressure with all the games week by week – every three days you play for something – we managed,” the centre-back told Liverpoolfc.com on the pre-season tour of the United States.

“There are quite a lot of players who stayed in this team, which is quite important. If we keep this focus for the next couple of years we can reflect on last season and hopefully win many more trophies.

“We are a team with special characteristics with fantastic individual players who can change the game in a second.”

“We adapt to everything,” said the No.6.

“It’s an important tour for us, playing against big teams. It will be a challenge again to play in the heat and to adapt, there are no easy opponents. But it’s about our character and we are used to it already.”

“It’s brilliant, it’s always a pleasure to come to the States and see so many fans behind us. It’s a privilege to be here,” added Lovren on playing at USA.

SEE MORE: Liverpool FC Players Wages 2019 (Salaries Per Week List)

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Klopp’s men to ready to roll on

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Jurgen Klopp has revealed Liverpool are nowhere near stopping after their brilliant Champions League success last season.

“It was absolutely overwhelming,” he said. “It was too much to comprehend, one of the best things I’ve witnessed in my life.

“Everyone tells you it will be something special if you win something with Liverpool and this was proper proof. I was thinking, ‘Wow, that was brilliant!’ then the bus came around the corner and you are like, ‘What the heck is that?’ I could not imagine the noise.

“We made so much eye contact with so many people — people in their late 60s or early 70s. There was one guy and he was like this: Boom! Boom! and he is shouting, ‘I love you!’

“I was like, ‘Stop, calm down!’ My God. That is only one example of thousands. It meant so much to us and obviously meant so much to the people. It was absolutely brilliant. Even now, you wake up in the morning and realise it is still true.”

He added: “Nobody should be worried about us being complacent. There are so many reasons for staying greedy. We tried so many things to win and finally it worked out. The Champions League is the biggest cup that I see in football apart from the World Cup. Absolutely massive. But you now want to have it all the time.

“Nobody should be worried. Nobody is satisfied and we are not ready to go home. We have won something and got it in our trophy cupboard, but our attitude does not change. I couldn’t have imagined it when we sang the year before at the funeral party that ‘We bring it back to Liverpool’ and it would work out. We got there.

“So let’s try to get there again next season. We will not even think about stopping.”

SEE MORE: Liverpool Champions League titles: All Champions League titles won by Liverpool

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Brewster reveals Hendo penalty inspiration

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Brewster reveals Hendo penalty inspiration
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Rhian Brewster was given the opportunity to shine on a friendly versus Borussia Dortmund

He told Liverpoolfc.com: “Hendo was walking but he asked if I wanted it and I said, ‘Yeah’. He said, ‘Go on’. I picked my spot and hit it there.

“It’s good to score again but it’s just good to get more minutes and get fitter and fitter each time.

“It’s really nice for them to think that and it gave me confidence to go and take the pen. I’m sure if Millie was on the pitch he would have taken it. It’s good that they’ve got faith in me and luckily enough I put it away.”

“It’s a lot different to England at the moment. It’s really tough to play in the heat and Dortmund are a very, very good team, they made us run a little bit,” Brewster reflected.

“But it’s good to get more minutes in the bank and hopefully we just push on from there.”

Liverpool played out a thriller versus Dortmund. It was a pre season friendly but it could not have been more exciting as the Reds narrowly lost out 3-2 on the night.

SEE MORE: Liverpool FC Players Wages 2019 (Salaries Per Week List)

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Liverpool Cannot Compete With Manchester City Financially: Jurgen Klopp

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Liverpool Cannot Compete With Manchester City Financially: Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp is adamant that Liverpool will not be spending big this transfer window citing reasons of financial inferiority to Premier League winners, Manchester City.

“We are pretty relaxed in that, we will see what’s coming up,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com. “How I said, it will not be the biggest transfer window of LFC; we invested a lot in the team in the last two years, I would say. We cannot spend every year in the same manner.

“People talk about it like, ‘Now another £300m or £200m’. There are maybe only two clubs in the world – it looks in the moment like Barcelona and [Real] Madrid can do the same – City and PSG that can do it every year.

“But we are fine. I’m happy with the team, we are really happy. We have to see if we find maybe one position if we find something for it, but there’s no real pressure because it’s not about signing a player. We have solutions for all the situations.

“Do we have exactly the solution that everybody from outside would be 100 per cent happy? I don’t think so because people want to have world-class here, world-class here and the guy on the bench has to be world-class as well. That’s not so easy. But we are of course working on it.

“On the outgoing side, we are relaxed. The young boys are here and enjoyed working with us a lot. Not to forget Naby and Shaq are injured still and are not here with us. Players will come back.

“I’m really looking forward to the season, it will be really exciting again.”

See Also: Liverpool FC Top Scorers of all time (all competitions by season)

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Klopp praises Matip presence

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Klopp praises Matip presence
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Jurgen Klopp has hailed the influence of Joel Matip

“I think everything about him has been said, what a guy he is, what a player he is, but not a lot of people spoke about the impact Joel Matip had in the last third of the season,” Klopp said.

“I don’t see a lot of centre-backs in the world who are better in that period, 100 per cent, pretty much without any mistakes.

“Virgil was the constant in that last line [of defence] and it felt always good when you saw him there. He organises a lot of things on the pitch. He’s a fantastic player and was a pretty good signing.”

Speaking of Milner, he said, “There are still a few good years to come [from Milner] and I’m not sure if we already have to think about what he can do after his career,” Klopp added.

“But I’m pretty sure for a guy like him there’s always a door open at our club, 100 per cent.

“You could see in different moments last season how much it meant to him, four years back [when Milner joined on a free transfer] I don’t know what people in Liverpool thought about him, but it was a brilliant idea in that moment because without players like Milly success in football is impossible.”

SEE MORE: Liverpool FC Players Wages 2019 (Salaries Per Week List)

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Klopp stalls Liverpool contract talks

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said that he is not worried about his Liverpool contract.

“I will not leave before the contract is ending. That is my side. That is why a contract is important,” he told a news conference, via The Telegraph.

“We have enough time to make decisions in that department. There is no need to do it now. Three years is really a bit early to be concerned. It is just a contract.

“The owners like what I do. I like what the owners are doing. I love the team, they are brilliant. Melwood is sensational. I’m looking forward to going to [the new training ground in] Kirkby and all these things. There is always a step forward.

“We all want to keep the past and traditions and all that stuff, but there needs to be a step forward. It is important that is our attitude. You cannot make that step in three or four years by making sure that I stay until 2000-and-something. It just makes sure that I will stay until then.”

“[I am] completely focused on Liverpool. Completely,” he said.

“It would be great if we could be around Man City again because that’s the only possibility to have to pass them because it is already clear they are the big favourite again. No problem with that.

“They have a very good situation, which they showed last year especially after having 100 points in the season before – the greed they showed, the determination they showed, it was just impressive.”

SEE MORE: Liverpool FC Players Wages 2019 (Salaries Per Week List)

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Klopp worried about Mane

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has expressed his concern about the lack of rest for Sadio Mane ahead of the new season.

Mane played a long and tiring season for the Reds where he was one of the most important player. He played non stop and hardly got any rest.

If that was not enough, he went ahead after that with Senegal for AFCON 2019 where he has played every match for the national team in the tournament.

“With Sadio, we have to see about him after the final – how he is feeling and stuff like that,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.

“It will be really difficult. Sixteen days before we play City, his season is finished. We will have to make a decision, but we haven’t made it yet.”

“It means we have nearly a week until City, a strong 12 days until Norwich and then 15 or 16 days until Chelsea [in the UEFA Super Cup],” Klopp said.

“We have to see. The good thing is, when you have a short break you don’t lose a lot.

“I would have preferred it if they had come back after a week, but that would make absolutely no sense. So, [they have] these three weeks and then we will have them here for pre-season.”

SEE MORE: Liverpool Champions League titles: All Champions League titles won by Liverpool

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